Harland & Wolff Appledore has recently welcomed Tom Hart as new general manager. With 30+ years’ experience in project, operations and construction management in the UK and United Arab Emirates, Tom joins Appledore from Dubai-based Drydocks World where he was director of projects and engineering.
Tom began his career in the Merchant Navy as a cadet before moving to P&O Ferries, progressing from marine engineer to chief engineer. His experience includes roles as ship repair manager for Drydocks World, project management in the oil and gas industry and as commissioning manager and group operations manager for three shipyards. Tom returned to Dubai Drydocks for two years as director of project management and engineering.
As general manager at Appledore, Tom is responsible for the day-to-day running of the site. This includes organisation and logistics for all incoming projects, site safety and security as well as overseeing all monetary aspects.
Tom says: “Leaving Dubai to move ‘home’ after 20 years was a huge decision but one that I, along with my family, are very excited about. I’m really looking forward to settling in at Appledore, and hope to share some great practices, and skills I have gained from my international experience to build up British shipbuilding and ship repair and be a part of its revitalisation.
“Building up business, creating work for the local community and increasing the yard’s revenue and margins with a steady flow of work will be my main goal. I am delighted to be appointed general manager of Harland & Wolff (Appledore) –a yard with a very impressive history.
“I am looking forward to leading the team here and collectively bringing success to the Harland & Wolff Group.”